What’s love got to do with it?
Everywhere I look these past few weeks, there are Valentine’s Day reminders to celebrate love. Shop windows and stores display red roses, candy, cards, and other trinkets to remind us that we must pay attention to the ones we love. These are Hallmark moments that prompt lovers to do something meaningful to show each other that they are loved. It’s nice to give and to receive these tokens and gestures of love. Love is a beautiful and powerful thing. If you let it, love will be your light in the darkness-the truth that allays doubt.
According to licensed psychologist Dr. Rachel Needle, an associate professor and coordinator of Clinical Experiences at South University, West Palm Beach, “Falling in love is associated with increased energy, narrowing of mental focus, sometimes sweaty palms, light-headedness, racing heart, and a lot of positive feelings. Specific chemical such as oxytocin, phenethylamine, and dopamine play a role in human experiences and behaviors that are associated with love. They function similar to amphetamine, making us alert, excited, and wanting to bond.”